Archives for December 2021

Covid-19 Causes Complete Holiday Chaos

Earlier in the month of December 2021, the UK government made travel regulations tighter in order to try and stop the Covid-19 Omicron variant from spreading, and these regulations will now remain in force until at least the end of January 2022.

At the moment, if you are travelling into the UK, you must show evidence of a negative test, and then you must also take two PCR tests within two days of arrival in the UK. You will also need to self-isolate until you have been notified of a negative result. It is looking extremely unlikely that the UK government will ease or even lift these restrictions, when the next travel review is held on 5th January, 2022.

People in the travel industry have informed the newspapers that because the current travel restrictions will be staying in place until the end of January, it would be a total disaster for some travel firms. Many British tourists would now be abandoning their bookings for their annual winter sun holidays to places like Florida in the USA, or for their annual trips to the ski slopes in places like Switzerland which is closer to home, and which does not make them sit for hours in a plane along with 200 other passengers. It is also the time of year when people are all excited about making plans for their annual summer holidays.

At this time of the year, travellers would normally be getting all excited, making plans to go away on holiday. They would normally be happily looking forward to getting away and going somewhere, on a ship or in an aeroplane, but now instead they are faced with uncertainty, and expensive travel tests, and they will be quite anxious about not knowing whether they can actually book to travel to their chosen destination.

Thousands of trips overseas have been cancelled during the festive Christmas and New Year period this year due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the country to where people are travelling. One particular winter ski holiday company cancelled all their trips to Austria which were going to leave the UK on Monday, 27th December, which was when Austria brought in tougher entry requirements due to the Omicron variant.

Austria said that arrivals to Austria from the UK would have to quarantine for 10 days from Saturday, 25th December unless they were fully vaccinated and could show the results of a negative result from a recent PCR test. They also cancelled holidays to Austria on Monday, 27th December, because the tests for those holidays would have to be taken on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. They said they knew that travellers would find that last-minute testing can be very challenging, especially on these two particular days. Because of limited availability to book the test nationwide, Austria was aware that most of their customers would not have been able to meet this new requirement to travel, and they apologized for the disappointment that those people would be experiencing. Customers who were affected in this way were being offered a full refund within 14 days, along with an incentive to re-book. However, travellers who were due to travel from the UK to Austria on the 1st or 8th January, would be able to change their plans without paying a re-booking fee, until Wednesday, 29th December.

Travel firms experienced a great amount of bookings for winter sports holidays in Austria, after France had introduced a travel ban on UK holidaymakers from 15th December.

One particular cruise company cancelled four sailings from the UK by one of its ships due to the pandemic restrictions across Europe. The cruises, which were due to depart from Southampton in Hampshire on 21st and 28th December, and 4th and 11th January, were on schedule to call at France, Germany and The Netherlands. Now, The Netherlands has been put into lockdown until the middle of January, while Germany and France both currently ban UK tourists from travelling to them.

A travel writer has said that huge disruptions to people’s travel plans over Christmas and New Year, will remind everyone that if anyone is booking a trip overseas during the current pandemic, they will suffer from a significant risk of losing some or even all of their money. Anyone who definitely wants to book a holiday, should therefore select a provider who has a reliable booking policy, or they should choose a package holiday as these are better protected financially. An experienced traveller will find that a good travel insurance policy will carry on being absolutely essential, and they will continue to book available holidays, whether to Austria or New York, with a credit card because these would give them further travel protection.

Hypnosis is a safe, natural and very relaxing way of learning how to stop yourself over-worrying becoming very stressed when you want to, or have to, travel somewhere. You will find a hypnosis session, whether it is online or in person, will be extremely relaxing and comforting. Once you have become extremely relaxed, the hypnotist will be able to gain access to your subconscious mind, whereupon they will give it a totally new set of instructions to follow which will enable you to travel carefully and fearlessly. Of course you will still need to be cautious regarding Covid-19 and the Delta and Omicron variants, and you will still need to take any lateral flow tests or PCR tests, and follow all your government’s travel rules, but hypnosis will remove any unnecessary worries that you might have about going on a journey. Hypnosis will automatically fill you to the brim with a wonderful sense of ease, comfort and total peace of mind. At the end of your hypnosis session, you will be fully wakened, and you will find yourself feeling fully relaxed, incredibly amazing and absolutely wonderful.

And now I would also like to add a few words about a mental health condition known as “travel anxiety”. This is when someone becomes anxious about anything to do with travelling, whether they are being driven in a car down a main road, or they are about to board a huge great cruise liner, or even if they are already sitting very comfortably on a crowded plane. The anxiety might suddenly hit them out of the blue and they could become very panicky. Hypnosis would be extremely useful in these kinds of situations, because it would slow their breathing down and it would help them to become steady and calm again, and fully able to continue with their carefully planned journey. Hypnosis can be very useful indeed in many travel situations.

If you would like to know more about hypnosis generally, or about how hypnosis works, please do not hesitate to give us a call on 07904 605344, and then we can have a friendly chat about how we can help you with hypnosis, whether it is concerning travel anxiety or any other problem that you may have.

Just A Cold – Or Could It Be Covid-19?

We are now in the depths of winter, the bleak mid-winter, and the weather is getting colder, and it is getting lighter later and darker much earlier. It is also the season of things like the winter snuffles, very bad colds, and influenza, along with Covid-19.

Now, if you are one of those people who tend to worry about the slightest niggling little ache or pain that you are suffering from somewhere, and you are sitting and worrying about it for days on end before plucking up the courage to go and see a doctor, or before you go trundling through google in the vain hope of finding an answer to your current medical problem whatever that may be, I trust that I may be able to help you with regard to this. There is a condition known as “health anxiety”, which can be greatly helped with hypnosis.

However, today I am going to compare the symptoms of the common cold with the symptoms of Covid-19, because colds are so common at this time of the year. The main symptoms of a cold are a headache, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing, but bear in mind that these are also some of the main symptoms of Covid-19. Other Covid-19 respiratory symptoms can be a fever, a bad cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing. Most people’s cold symptoms reach a peak in the first two or three days, whereas Covid-19 symptoms take much longer, and show up from two to fourteen days. People find that most of their cold symptoms reach a peak within the first two or three days from infection, while Covid-19 ones take much longer, and show up from two to fourteen days.

If you have been fully vaccinated, may I stress here that you should still watch out for any cold or flu-like symptoms, and get a Covid-19 test, especially if you are living with or working with other people who could be at great risk from Covid-19. If you do find that you have a runny nose, or you have been sneezing, or you have lost your sense of smell or taste, do not panic, but you could avail yourself of a lateral flow test. Your first lateral flow tests may say negative, but if you actually do have Covid-19, and you are suffering from a hacking cough, a runny nose and a fever, then it is more likely that your runny nose and sneezing will be Covid-19. If you then go ahead and take a PCR test it is more likely to prove positive. Just keep in mind that the main Covid-19 symptoms are a high temperature, a fever, a new continuous cough and a loss of, or a change to, your sense of taste or smell.

Some of the main symptoms of Covid-19 are Headache; Runny Nose; Sneezing; Sore Throat; and Loss of the Sense of Smell or Taste.

“Headaches” are not a well-known symptom of Covid-19, but they are one of the first signs of it, and a lot of people have them rather than the usual symptoms of cough, high temperature, a fever or the loss of smell or taste. They can be quite painful, and they can last more than three days, but you may find that your usual pain-killers do not do much good.

Last year, a “Runny Nose” was the second most reported symptom of Covid-19 after headaches and a lot of people who tested positive with a loss of smell also reported having a runny nose. Scientific data shows that when Covid-19 rates are high, the chances of a runny nose being Covid-19 are high, but when Covid-19 rates are low a runny nose is not as likely to be Covid-19 and is most likely to be a cold or an allergy.

People who are “Sneezing More Than Usual” and have been vaccinated, are more likely to have a cold or an allergy than Covid-19, but it can be a symptom of it. Although a lot of people with Covid-19 could sneeze more than they usually would, sneezing is not a definite symptom because it is so common.

A lot of people have said that they have a “Sore Throat” that seems to be the same as the sore throat that belongs to a cold or something like laryngitis. Sore throats that are related to Covid-19 are very mild and do not last more than five days, but an extremely painful sore throat which lasts any longer than that will more probably be something like throat cancer. A sore throat can be a symptom of Covid-19, but a lot of people who have one will simply just have the common cold.

The Omicron Variant

The Omicron Variant started in South Africa.

People who have been infected with the Omicron variant, or “Omicron”, will have very bad, heavy and drenching night sweats. If you have caught this variant, these night sweats will make your clothing and bedding soaking wet, and you will have to change them. This will happen even if your bedroom is not too hot. Apart from these terrible night sweats, other symptoms of Omicron are:- aches and pains; mild muscle aches; a dry cough; extreme fatigue, and a fever. These are all signs that you have Omicron, but if you have been vaccinated then the symptoms will be much milder.

If you find that you are constantly worrying about the state of your mental and/or physical health, especially after you read about all the symptoms of the different variants, and you become quite anxious, why not consider “Hypnosis for Health Anxiety?”. Hypnosis can greatly help this kind of anxiety, and it will help you to gradually become much calmer and more relaxed about this kind of thing. Eventually you will just read something, and then think, “Oh well, I don’t think I’ve got that”, and you will just forget about your worries and get on with doing other things.

Hypnosis is a relaxing, natural and very safe way to help you to unwind and feel calm and relaxed. We will talk to you in a gentle and soothing way for a while, and we might play some soothing music in the background. You will gently and very gradually be placed in a deep, hypnotic state and you will be feeling relaxed and very comfortable. We will know when you are ready, and we will gently start to give you instructions to follow that will help you with all your anxieties anyway, but particularly with your anxieties about the general state of your health. When we have finished giving you these instructions to follow, we will gently waken you back to full waking consciousness, and you will waken fully. You will find that at this point, you will be feeling absolutely wonderful, really amazing and ready for anything.

To find out more about hypnosis, and about how hypnosis works, call us on 07904 605344, and we will endeavour to answer all your questions. We look forward to seeing you and being able to help you.

Christmas Is Coming – And So Are The Scammers . . .

Christmas and New Year is the time when a lot of people are rushing about. And now they are threatening London with a load of pure white snow, and they are even saying that we will get it in Worthing, down in the South of England. We are quite sheltered here, and we do not get snow very often, but saying that it can be disruptive to traffic and things like having your shopping delivered. However, snow can also be very pretty, especially when it’s lying untouched in the fields and in parts of the countryside.

Why I mentioned that, is because sometimes when it snows, a lot of people are stuck at home indoors and cannot get out easily, for instance if they want to go Christmas present shopping and want to go and have a browse in all the supermarkets and clothing shops. As I have said, Christmas is coming, and the scammers are out in force because they are after a great chunk of your money, they hope. In this present Article, I am writing about online scammers and fraudsters, because they are so rife at this time of the year. So, when you are out and about, be extra careful when you get your purse out of your handbag, for instance, and have to fiddle about to get your card out so that you can draw cash from the cash machine. There may be a fraudster standing right behind you, watching to see you type in your pin number. Anything like that might happen, so I am reminding you to be extra vigilant, especially if it is busy where you are.

Now, when you are Christmas shopping online, be careful about who and where you buy from. Carry out some research on the person or the place from which you are intending to buy, and ask your family or friends for advice before buying anything. If you do buy something, it is safer to use a credit card, because nearly all the credit card companies insure online purchases.

Always secure all your accounts with a very strong password, and do not be tempted to use the same password for several of your different accounts. Make sure your email account has an extra strong password that is difficult to remember, because computer fraudsters want to break into your email account. They are after useful information such as your personal bank details, and the log-in details for other online accounts. Bear in mind that computer criminals will also use things like your home address or your date of birth, when they are endeavouring to hack into your passwords. And of course, being Christmas time, we have all these Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays when online fraudsters and cyber criminals are particularly busy.

Always use a Password Manager. If you have many different accounts, you will probably be tempted to use the same passwords and usernames for all your accounts. In order to get out of this temptation, use a Password Manager. This system will remember all your log-in details you need for each separate account, so that you do not have to worry about forgetting them, and the only password you will then need is that for the Password Manager itself.

Make sure that you take care with clicking on links contained within emails and texts that are sent to you, containing exciting special offers that you cannot possibly refuse. Many of these emails and texts contain links that lead to fake websites, and if you actually take up this “amazing special offer” they then steal away your money and all your personal details. Not every single link is bad and will defraud you, but if you are at all unsure about this, do not click on the link and go straight to the website.

When you are shopping online do not give out too much of your own personal information. Sometimes websites will ask for your mother’s maiden name, or where you went to Primary School, before they allow you to buy something. However, an online shop will need some of the more obvious details, like your name, address, a contact telephone number and your bank account details, and even the long number on the front of your debit card that you are intending to use when shopping online with them. Be careful what you say, if you are asked for details which are not required for what you are going to buy. Make sure that you only complete the absolutely necessary details on online forms when you are buying something. These often have a red asterisk or exclamation mark on them somewhere. If you can possibly help it, do not create an online account for yourself on a new website that you have not used before or ever heard of, unless of course you will be going to use that website again quite often in the future. To make a single purchase, websites usually allow people to “check out” as a guest so that they can make a solitary one-off purchase.

Everybody makes mistakes sometimes, especially on the days around Christmas time. Some of the scams can be very convincing and might possibly just sound too good to be true. If you think you might have been “had” by a fake website, write down the website’s address and call your bank to ask their advice about what you should do. Whether you have been hit by fraud depends on the amount of personal information you have given to the website. Keep checking your bank transactions on your statements. If you find anything remotely suspicious or anything on the statement that you do not recognize, contact your bank immediately. So, if things go wrong for you, contact your bank straightaway.

Hypnosis is a very relaxing, natural and very safe way to help you to unwind and become very calm and extremely peaceful. When you come to see us for a hypnosis session, we will talk to you gently and soothingly for a while, and we might play some relaxing music in the background if you so wish. You will then be gradually and very gently placed into a deeply relaxing hypnotic state. When you are feeling comfortable and ready, we will know this, because you will not be moving and your breathing will be steady and even. At this point, we will be able to access your subconscious mind directly, and we will give you a full set of brand new instructions to follow, that will help you to be not as anxious and stressed about preparing for Christmas and New Year. If you are anxious and stressed, you will probably be more likely to make mistakes when shopping online, and may give away more information to a website than you should, which will not be as likely to happen if you are feeling calm and relaxed.

Whatever you may be doing at Christmas, may I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year. If you are overcome with, for example, a lot of stress and anxiety connected with this time of the year, please feel free to contact us at Worthing Hypnosis on 07904 605344. We can then have a friendly chat to see what we can do for you, and about how we can reinstate your peace of mind. We can do hypnosis sessions online, on Skype, on Facebook Chat, and on Zoom.